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Pfizer warns of possible disturbing coronavirus vaccine side effects, anaphylactic shock and Bell’s Palsy

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90 year old Margaret Keenan, the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by nurse May Parsons at University Hospital, Coventry, England, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Jacob King/Pool via AP)

Pfizer is warning Britain’s National Health Service not to give the company’s coronavirus vaccine to people with a significant history of allergic reactions. The drugmaker issued that guidance today after two NHS workers had what health officials called adverse responses. A patient information leaflet from Pfizer says signs of allergic reaction might include an itchy skin rash, shortness of breath, and swelling of the face or tongue known as anaphylactic shock…and Bell’s palsy.

As the United Kingdom began administering people with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, four people who got Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in the firm’s trial developed Bell’s palsy, a form of temporary facial paralysis.

The FDA can’t confirm that the vaccine caused Bell’s palsy, but warned that doctors should watch for the alarming side effect.

Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. It can usually occur when a nerve that controls the muscles becomes inflamed, swollen or compressed.

Meanwhile, Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said the company did not “cut any corners” while rolling out the vaccines.

According to the Daily Mail: “Four people out of 22,000 in a study got Bell’s palsy and all had received the jab. But the same number would be expected to get it in any group that size.

Regulators said vaccine would not be approved in UK unless proven to be safe.  US health chiefs said cases ‘do not represent a frequency above that expected in the general population’.”

In 1976, when the swine flu threatened to become an epidemic, the CDC believed, at least 80 percent of the United States population would need to be vaccinated.

The real victims of the mandatory vaccination were likely the 450-odd people who came down with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, after getting the 1976 flu shot. On its website, the CDC notes that people who got the vaccination did have an increased risk of “approximately one additional case of GBS for every 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine.”

The emergency legislation for the “National Swine Flu Immunization Program,” was signed into effect in mid-April 1976.  By the time immunizations began on October 1, though, the proposed epidemic had failed to emerge (although Legionnaires’ Disease had, confusing matters further.)